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Zimbabweans Urge Govt to Probe ZBC Executive's Hefty Salary

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) have joined the chorus of Zimbabweans expressing dismay at this week’s revelations of the hefty salary earned by the chief executive of the loss-making Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Happison Muchechetere.

In a statement, the MDC-T said parliament should probe the ZBC and all parastatals in the country on hefty salaries of executives.

CHRA went a step further calling on authorities to arrest Muchechetere for alleged corruption.

Workers at the ZBC have not been paid for seven months.

Deputy Information Minister Supa Mandiwanzira told the state-controlled Herald newspaper that Muchechetere, now on suspension, earns a salary and allowances totaling $40,000 a month.

The newspaper said Muchechetere, who became substantive head at the ZBC in 2009, has drawn estimated salaries and allowances of about $2 million.

VOA Studio 7 could not reach Muchechetere for comment as his phone was switched off.

But a member of the Parliamentary Information Committee, Settlement Chikwinya, said the probe must be widened to include all parastatals.